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Runner Collapses in Brooklyn Half Marathon, Hospitalized, Officials Say

By Gwynne Hogan | May 18, 2015 9:22pm
 A Brooklyn Half Marathon runner was taken to Coney Island Hospital in serious condition, FDNY said.
A Brooklyn Half Marathon runner was taken to Coney Island Hospital in serious condition, FDNY said.
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BROOKLYN — A man running in the Brooklyn Half Marathon collapsed during the race and had to be hospitalized, organizers confirmed.

Emergency workers responded to a call for help at 8:55 a.m. Saturday and treated a man in his twenties at Ocean Parkway and Avenue Y, according to the FDNY.

They rushed the man to Coney Island Hospital in serious condition, the FDNY said. 

Some of the race's participants posted their worries on the New York Road Runners Facebook page.

We saw a young chap on ocean parkway being resuscitated ...Does anyone know if he's okay :(

Posted by Sanela Deljanin Radoncic on Saturday, May 16, 2015

New York Road Runners, which sponsored the marathon, confirmed that the man had been involved in the race, but refused to give details on what happened.

"That runner was attended to quickly and transported to by the hospital by emergency medical services," a spokesman said.

The group and Coney Island Hospital cited patient confidentiality regarding the man's condition.

Does anyone know the status of the young runner that went down around mile 11? I met so many finishers yesterday and everyone asked this same question. We are all very genuinely concerned and wish him the best.

Posted by Lori Lane Bowen on Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Rest assured that all runners who get injured or fall ill along the course of our races are in the best care of our medical teams and those of our partners," NYRR wrote on its Facebook page.

Runners who witnessed the incident were rattled and worried about the man days after the race. 

"Someone was doing chest compressions [to him] on the ground...He didn’t have a shirt on and his shorts were black and white,” race participant Rose Maguire told DNAinfo New York on Monday. “Hopefully he made it.”

Last year during the half marathon, a runner collapsed at the finish line and died of a heart attack.